Wednesday, May 31, 2006

XL Europe alumni meet on 3rd June in Basel - Switzerland

Dear All,

Sorry for the long absence. But had to change and finalise a few things before mailing.

There is one final and small change in the plan. Instead of Zurich, now the location would be Basel

Reasons:

1. Most of the responses I got preferred Basel over Zurich.
2. There are hardly any places Zurich open from 4 and they are quite expensive.
3. I got some wonderful support from Itee, Lakshmi and Shilpali in arranging it in Basel.

Hence we meet on 3rd of June In Basel. I suggest we meet at 4pm and then Lakshmi or Itee can take over regarding the location as I know nothing of Basel except for stadium where I saw the likes of Ronaldo and Ronaldinho play yesterday!!

Lakshmi/Itee can anyone of you please confirm my suggestions?

Looking forward to meet you all on Saturday!!

Kind Reagrds,
Hrishi.

ps: Hrishi is from07 batch, doing his summers with UBS, Zurich

Dubai Alumni Meet

meet on
June 1st
The Irish Village,
The Aviation Club,
Dubai,

on Thursday,
1st June 2006,
at 7.30 pm

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Launch of Anu's (94PMIR) Book



Anu's (94 XL) book "Letters for Paul" was released on May 26th by Shyam Benegal at Crossword, Mumbai
Congratulations Anu !!!


Friday, May 26, 2006

Invitation to the Alumni Meet -Chennai May 27

Dear XLer

We cordially invite you to the Annual Alumni meet of XLRI at Chennai.
Please find the details of the event below:

Date: 27th May
Venue: The Accord Metropoliton, G.N. Chetty Road.
Time: 7:00 PM Onwards
Entry fee: Rs. 300 in case of an individual
Rs. 500 in case of a couple

Please confirm your participation in the event with a return mail.

Looking forward eagerly to meet every XLer in the city of Chennai on
27th of May.

Warm Regards
Organizing Team - Chennai

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Chennai Alumni Meet - Venue Change

Dear All

The Chennai Alumni Meet will happen at The Accord Metropolitan (G.N. Chetty Road) on 27th of May which is the coming Saturday. The proceedings will begin at 7:00 PM.

We look forward to your enthusiastic participation.

Warm Regards
Organizing Team - Chennai

XLRI Coverage on Zee News - May 24th 1330hrs & 1745hrs

The subject line says it all;0)
Zee News will carry
a coverage on XLRI
on
May 24th, Wednesday
at
1330hrs
& repeat at 1745hrs

ciao
madhukar
aka Faculty Coordinator, Exlink
(not that I did anything for this ;0)

Monday, May 22, 2006

XLRI plans another campus in the South

TIMES NEWS NETWORK MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006 12:00:11 AM

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1540896.cms

KOLKATA: XLRI Jamshedpur is contemplating setting up a second campus in south India, a move for which the management institute's board of governors has already given a go-ahead. Hyderabad figures high on the list of possible destinations.

Speaking to ET, Father N Casimir Raj, SJ, director, XLRI said, "At the moment, we are scouting for possible locations for our second campus. Once that?s decided, we will go ahead with getting the necessary approval from the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education).

We plan to start with an initial batch of 120, comprising both BM (Business Management) and PMIR (Personal Management & Industrial Relations) students."

Meanwhile, on the issue of increasing the number of seats to minimise the impact of reservations on the general category of students, the director said that in the case of XLRI, it is simply not a viable option. The reasons being cited: lack of space as well as a shortage of faculty.

Meanwhile, on the faculty issue, the director said that despite recently hiking their salaries by 15% as well as offering a 20% differential increase based on faculty evaluation, the institute was still facing a problem attracting good talent.

"The government has said that we can increase the number of seats by 54%, which in our case, would mean about a hundred students. Our current batch strength is 180. That means we would need at least two more classrooms and a 30% increase in faculty.

We'd also need infrastructure to house the additional students, something we just don't have the space for in our Jamshedpur campus" said Father N Casimir Raj.

"Our current faculty strength is 56. If the seats were to be increased, we'd need at least 15-20 more teachers. Yes, the salary hike has brought a perceptible rise in interest but it's still not enough" said Father N Casimir Raj.

Sad Demise: Cherry Bhatia 77BMD

I just received this extremely sad and shocking news.

Charanjit "Cherry" Bhatia (77BMD) - of Informatics/ Wasawa Singh's at Kamani Center - met with an accident yesterday on Jamshedpur-Ranchi highway, and expired.

Cherry was a good friend, and a fine human being. May his soul rest in peace...

His funeral is today at 11am , at the Swarnarekha-Mango funeral grounds

madhukar

May God rest his soul in peace and give his wife Ruby, son Angad, daughter Simran and other members of his family strength to face this great loss.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Friday, May 19, 2006

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Frivolous Law Suit against XLRI

The Telegraph Reports :
Foul cry over XLRI entry route
OUR BUREAU

Ranchi/Jamshedpur, May 5: Admitting its first case against any technical institute in the state, the Jharkhand Education Tribunal (JET) today served a showcause notice on the XLRI School of Management, Jamshedpur, over alleged irregularities in the admission process.

The chairperson of the tribunal, Justice (retired) L.P.N. Shahdeo, today gave 15 days to the premier management institute to respond to the petition filed by a resident of Noida, Raj Gandhi, whose son had appeared for XAT this January.

In her complaint, Raj claimed that despite qualifying in the written exams, her son, Samrat, was not given admission to the institute.

Accusing the director of the institute and chairperson of the admissions committee of handling the admission process arbitrarily, she claimed that her son had secured 96.3 per cent marks in the written exam conducted in Jamshedpur and should have qualified even if he failed in the interview.

Samrat did not make it after he could not crack the interview round, a reason that has not satisfied his mother who blames his exit on the rampant irregularity in the admission process.

The candidate had applied for the Business Management programme of XLRI; the other two-year course being Personnel Management and Industrial Relations.

Expressing shock, XLRI sources said the student had approached the institute after not finding his name on the list of successful students and was conveyed the reason for his rejection. “Usually the ratio of the number of candidates called for interview and the number of seats is 5:1. So obviously there is a great chance that a good written score might not see the candidate in,” sources said, adding that this was the first time such a charge was brought against the 57-year institute.

“His parents had come to me with a request for admission. But, we could not admit him as he did not qualify the interview. The All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) rules say the candidate must qualify both. We cannot ignore the guidelines,” said XLRI director Father N. Casimir Raj.

He said the institute was yet to receive the showcause notice issued by the JET, which has said it will admit the case only after hearing out both sides.

Fortunately the JET has said it will admit the case only after hearing both sides.

Is India going the US way. Frivolous law suits are popping up all over the place.

Christian organisations have secured a temporary stay on"The Da Vinci Code" a work of fiction because they feel people will take it to be true.

Why are we so insecure in our own lives? What are we trying to prove ? & What are we trying to hide ?

Lets look at the Mother of Samrat Gandhi: Mrs. Raj Gandhi.
She feels that just because her son has secured 96.3% in the XAT common entrance, he should automatically be given a seat at the institute. She says the selection process is arbitary.

In fact XLRI is one of the few management institutes in India which has done away with the GD process for selection, because they felt that the GD was arbitrary. A lot of potential students attend GD development classes & simply t ryt o drown out the other participants voices. The ones who have good points to contribute but are too polite to shut down the others don't get a chance to speak.

Now lets look at the interview as a selection process. Specifically the XL interview process : There is a panel of 3 professors from the college. These professors have taught generations of students and are skilled in human behavior (at least one is normally from the OB stream) They would be better at finding the right student than that Farah/Sonu/Anu Malik triangle is at finding the next Indian Idol.

Just because someone has great marks it doesn't make them a great person or a great manager. (Btw there are potentials who secure 99% too) In India the education system at the school level seems to focus only on marks and not the all round development of the child. Mrs Raj expects the same to hold at post graduation level too.

To be a great manager, you need some amount of intellect, some amount of empathy, some amount of maturity, some amount of logical reasoning & a few other things besides.

Me thinks that : if Mr Samrat takes after the mother, quite a few of these qualities would be missing.

Unable to handle rejection, she has gone running to the courts, much like an AMerican citizen who sues the city muncipality if he falls down on the street. That he might have been drunk is besides the point.

Mrs. Raj Gandhi needs to examine her own son & realistically consider his plus & minus points before rushing to the courts. Otherwise this may set off a slew of law suits against educational institutions & corporates too by candidates who interview with them (thinking themselves to be the cat's whiskers) and don't get selected.

Friday, May 12, 2006

XL Alumni Meets: Dates & Venues (Final)

I'm pasting below the final consolidated list of the XL Alumni Meets (date, venues, contacts) being organised across the cities in India. Hope you are able to make it.

have fun ;0)
ciao
madhukar
========================================================
Kolkata: May 13th
Venue: Marwar Banquet, Judges Court Road
Contacts:
* Varun Alagh (9934181040) email: varunalagh@yahoo.com
* Abhishek Bhargava ( ) email: b05001@astra.xlri.ac.in

Hyderabad: May 20th
Venue: changed to Fortune Katriya
Contacts:
* R Priyavadana (99494 67479) pragunathan@deloitte.com
* Ritesh Sharan (98855 79543) ritesh.sharan@genpact.com

Mumbai: May 20th
Venue: JK Banquets, Appasaheb Marathe Road, Prabhadevi, Worli
Contacts:
* Anuroop Krishnan (98923 04793) email: jobless2882@yahoo.com / anuroop.krishnan@gmail.com
* Dhruv Laroia (98338 27208) email: dhruv.laroia@gmail.com
* Mohit Kakkar (98675 96307) email: mohit_ultima@yahoo.com

Bangalore: May 27th
Venue: Hotel Orchid Plaza, Airport Road
Contacts:
* Shatdal Shrivastava (99451 28287) email: shatdal.shrivastava@yahoo.com / shashriv@in.ibm.com
* Sebastian Chandy (99453 13465) email: Sebastian.chandy@in.ey.com

Chennai: May 27th
Venue: Blue Lagoon, 79/A, East Coast Road
Contacts:
* Shivshankar S ( 9841130492) email: shiv_xlri@yahoo.com
* Vikas Anand (94311 09646) email: vicktory_786@yahoo.co.in
* Mayank Kumar (98842 39817) email: p05028@astra.xlri.ac.in

Delhi: May 27th
Venue: Tivoli Gardens Resort, Chhatarpur Hills, MG Road, Mehrauli
Contacts:
* Alvin Raskina (9868 340 364) email: alvin_raskina@rediffmail.com
* Sandhya Krishnan (98719 24864) email: chocodusk@yahoo.com

Mumbai Alumni Meet May 20th - Invite

Folks!

on behalf of all the XLRI Alumni in Mumbai ;0)
and the organising team from 07batch
I am forwarding the invite to (all XL Alumni) for the

Annual XL Alumni Meet
on
May 20th (8pm onwards)
at
JK Banquet Hall,
Appasaheb Marathe Road,
Prabhadevi,
Mumbai-400025.

rsvp:
* Anuroop Krishnan (98923 04793) email: jobless2882@yahoo.com / anuroop.krishnan@gmail.com
* Dhruv Laroia (98338 27208) email: dhruv.laroia@gmail.com
* Mohit Kakkar (98675 96307) email: mohit_ultima@yahoo.com

Monday, May 08, 2006

Vikas Gupta (88BMD) joins ABP



Vikas Gupta (88BMD), Marketing Head, Coca Cola India has put in his papers at the flavored water giant. Gupta is scheduled to join the Anandabazar Patrika (ABP) Ltd as President, Businessworld magazine and Chief Marketing Officer of the group. He will continue to be based in Delhi.

Read the Rest on Madhukar's blog

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Kolkata Alumni Meet (May 13th) - Invitation

Hello Junta

On behalf of the Kolkata Chapter of XLRI Alumni Association - and the Team of 07batch students doing their Summer Internship in Kolkata - I am forwarding the invitation for the Annual Alumni Meet
on
May 13th, 2006, Saturday (6:30pm)
at
Marwar Banquets
5 Judges Court Road
(Opposite Civil Court)
Alipore, Kolkata
* registration charges (inclusive of dinner and drinks): Rs 300/-
(single) & Rs 500/- (couple)

rsvp:
Varun Alagh & Team of budding alumni of 07 batch;0)
varunalagh@yahoo.com
09934181040
24582888

Please pass on the message to alumni who may be in Kolkata on that day and hope to see you there

Thursday, May 04, 2006

XL Alumni Meets in May - Tentative Schedule

Folks!
please book your dates, plan your travel and do join the Annual XL Alumni Meets.
We still have some venues to be finalised in some cities - which I will communicate within a week. The 07batch teams are working to finalise the details (while, also, managing their summer internships)... In some cities they have much help, in some others, they are like being in the "wild west";).. so please, if you can, help them out.
But in the meanwhile, am writing to inform you about schedule as of now - the "to be intimated soon" in the following list will get filled up by next week (and I will spam you again;)
ciao
madhukar
==================================================


Kolkata: May 13th
Venue: Marwar Banquet, Judges Court Road
Contacts:
* Varun Alagh (9934181040) email: varunalagh@yahoo.com
* Abhishek Bhargava ( ) email: b05001@astra.xlri.ac.in

Hyderabad: May 20th
Venue: to be intimated soon
Contacts:
* R Priyavadana (99494 67479) pragunathan@deloitte.com
* Ritesh Sharan (98855 79543) ritesh.sharan@genpact.com

Mumbai: May 20th/ 27th or June 3rd (subject to availability of venue)
Venue: to be intimated soon
Contacts:
* Anuroop Krishnan (98923 04793) email: jobless2882@yahoo.com / anuroop.krishnan@gmail.com
* Dhruv Laroia (98338 27208) email: dhruv.laroia@gmail.com
* Mohit Kakkar (98675 96307) email: mohit_ultima@yahoo.com

Bangalore: May 27th
Venue: Hotel Orchid Plaza, Airport Road
Contacts:
* Shatdal Shrivastava (99451 28287) email: shatdal.shrivastava@yahoo.com / shashriv@in.ibm.com
* Sebastian Chandy (99453 13465) email: Sebastian.chandy@in.ey.com

Chennai: May 27th
Venue: to be intimated soon
Contacts:
* Shivshankar S ( 9841130492) email: shiv_xlri@yahoo.com
* Vikas Anand (94311 09646) email: vicktory_786@yahoo.co.in
* Mayank Kumar (98842 39817) email: p05028@astra.xlri.ac.in

Delhi: May 27th
Venue: Tivoli Gardens Resort, Chhatarpur Hills, MG Road, Mehrauli
Contacts:
* Alvin Raskina (9868 340 364) email: alvin_raskina@rediffmail.com
* Sandhya Krishnan (98719 24864) email: chocodusk@yahoo.com

ciao
madhukar

XL Summer Meets

Last known info :

Bangalore - I'm not sure
Chennai - May 27th
Delhi - May 27th
Hyderabad - changed from May 13th to May 20th
Kolkatta - May 13th
Mumbai - not fixed, maybe May 20th

Monday, May 01, 2006

XLer author (94 Batch) - published book

Anu Kumar's (94PMIR) book "Letters For Paul" will be in bookstores this week.

For Mumbai Junta, the book will be launched at the Cross Roads, kemps corner, by Shyam Benegal on May 26th

ciao
madhukar

Chennai Summer Meet May 27th

Dear XLer

It is once again that time of the year when we all get together to share old memories and relive the experience that we have cherished all these years. Time has stood testimony for the wonderful bonding and the kind of relationship that we have been sharing amongst ourselves. As it has been happening every year, we are planning to organize a meet to strengthen and reinforce this bond.

After having conversations with a few XLers we have decided to have the meet on the 27th of May. We will finalize on the venue and communicate it very shortly. Please make yourself free and Join us to make the evening a very memorable one.

Looking forward to an exciting and enthusiastic participation from all.

Warm Regards
Shivshankar S (XL Batch of 2007)
On Behalf of
The Organizing Team (Chennai)

Appeal for financial help from an 76batch alumnus

Folks!
Am forwarding an appeal for help from V Chandrashekhar of 76BMD batch.

Ciao
madhukar

-----Original Message-----
From: Chandrashekhar Vishwanathan [mailto:vcshekhar[at]yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, May 01, 2006 11:02 AM
To: Madhukar Shukla
Subject: Appeal for financial help after my bypass surgery

Dear Alumni of XLRI,

I wish to introduce myself as Chandrasekhar of the BM 74-76 batch.

I recently underwent a bypass surgery at Madras Medical mission,Chennai.It was a traumatic and horrible experience to say the least. In my case it was further complicated because of my BP and diabetes.Any way I am alive to write this.

I am now at home recovering slowly. Everyday is a gift of God. No one can assure that there will be a tomorrow.

I am writing this to appeal for some financial help.I am 56, unemployed, with a daughter in college, living on my savings. If some of you could help me in whatever litle way you can I would be extremely grateful. The Chennai XL chapter under the leadership of Dominique Thomas along with PNSubramanian, Reddy and MaFoi Pandiarajan
helped me financially and also for arranging blood.

Fr CasimirRaj Director XLRI has helped me a lot.Fr Christie, Director of LIBA has also helped me . He motivated the students of LIBA to come forward to donate blood. I needed blood transfusion twice. I am alive because so many came forward to donate blood.

Your contribution can be sent to me to the following address;
thanks a lot.

V.Chandrasekhar
B/12/4,
25th cross st Besantnagar,
Chennai 600090

p.s. if you would like to have my bank account number please let me know.

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